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Say it ain’t snow! Colorado winter storm makes it into the record books

More than 9 inches of snow fell in Denver area
Posted at 6:22 AM, Jan 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-19 08:22:56-05

DENVER — The Denver area was walloped with a decent amount of snow during a two-day snowfall event that moved into the area Tuesday evening and planted itself into the January weather record books.

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The 9.1 inches of snow that fell at Denver International Airport as of 5:45 p.m. has placed this storm at No. 8 in Denver’s Top 10 “2” Day Total Snowfalls for January, according to the National Weather Service.

The largest amount of snow recorded in a two-day period in January occurred on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 1983. Approximately 16.3 inches of snow fell in the city during the those two days.

This storm also tied the record for the Top 5 largest one-day January snowfalls in Denver, which was set in 1989. The latest snow totals reported to the National Weather Service can be found here.

The more than nine inches of snow that have fallen so far has already exceeded the average for the month that Denver typically sees, which is seven inches, according to the NWS.

January ranks the fourth snowiest month in the city, behind March, November and December, with an average of five days of snowfall. The snowiest January on record occurred in 1992 when 24.3 inches fell in the month.

The storm system is continuing to progress east-northeast and will be over eastern Nebraska and Kansas by mid-evening, so snowfall is expected to ease up considerably in the Denver area by late afternoon.

Thursday will be dry and cold, followed by another chance for light snow on Friday. Yet another storm may bring more snow Sunday night and Monday.